Use one of the several databases and tools developed by IRC as an integral part of its online knowledge and information resources.

Ethical Research Involving Children

ERIC is a joint project between UNICEF’s Office of Research, Innocenti, the Childwatch International Research Network, the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University, Australia, and the Children’s Issues Centre at the University of Otago, New Zealand. The ERIC project has involved over two years of research and consultation with the international research community. ERIC emerged out of a recognised need to connect up researchers and other research stakeholders who are committed to research approaches that promote rather than diminish the dignity, rights and wellbeing of children.

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MODA database

As part of UNICEF's continued efforts to generate quality evidence on child poverty and disparities, the Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) is a tool developed by the UNICEF Office of Research, with support from Division of Policy and Strategy, to enhance the equity focus of child poverty and deprivation analyses around the world.

MODA adopts a holistic definition of child well-being, concentrating on the access to various goods and services which are crucial for their survival and development. It recognizes that a child's experience of deprivations is multi-faceted and interrelated, and that such multiple, overlapping deprivations are more likely to occur, and with greater adverse effects, in more socio-economically disadvantaged groups.


Innocenti Library database

The main subject areas in the UNICEF IRC collection are inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Accordingly, the Library seeks to develop research collections that document the situation and the implementation of the rights of the child in the world. In the juridical area the emphasis lies on human rights and international instruments, juvenile justice and child protection. In the economic collection the main themes covered are development economics, socio-economic conditions in transitional countries, and the situation of children in industrialized countries .
The collection also includes documents relating to pressing problems such as children involved in armed conflicts, child exploitation, as well as information on the activities of UNICEF IRC and official UNICEF HQ publications. The documentation is further enriched by material concerning the situation of women in the international context.
The criteria that guide collection development are: extensive coverage of the main research themes of UNICEF IRC, currency, UN official languages, access to main bibliographic information available in electronic format. In addition, specialized material may also be acquired to satisfy specific needs of current research
The UNICEF IRC catalogue contains more than 12,000 records, of which more than 3,000 (monographs and articles) relate to children's rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its implementation.
The IRC serials collection includes more than 200 titles, some produced by NGOs and voluntary associations working with children.
The collection also holds UN/multilateral, academic, legal, case studies, country-specific and project-related documents and publications.
Most of the collections are kept on open shelves, providing immediate access for the users. Working languages are English, French and Spanish.
The collection catalogue is available for consultation on-line. No interlibrary-loan service is provided.

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TransMONEE database

TransMONEE is the database associated with the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre’s MONEE project. The TransMONEE database captures a vast range of data relevant to the social and economic situation and well-being of children, young people and women in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS). The data, which is updated annually, is a particularly useful tool for governments, civil society organizations, funding institutions and academia in considering their decisions, policies, programmes and agendas.

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Child Impact database

Economic trends and policies affect children through their impact on household income, employment, access to health, nutrition and education. In this rapidly changing world, robust evidence is critical to promoting the rights of children and ensuring that equitable policies are in place to improve children’s daily lives and protect them against shocks.

This UNICEF website provides analytical tools on economic trends and policies and their impacts on children. It gives policymakers, child rights advocates, academics and practitioners practical means to assess and formulate timely and effective responses to crises, economic shocks and policy reforms, and to analyse the social impacts of economic trends.

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Child Friendly Cities database

This website provides a powerful tool for the exchange of information, data and networking among Child Friendly Cities (CFC) partners and others interested in the situation of the urban child. It includes information about the activities, objectives and work of the Child Friendly Cities Secretariat, the global Child Friendly Cities Initiative, links to CFC partners, information on urban issues and examples of best practice from Child Friendly Cities across the world. The website will include the Child Friendly Cities database with information on specific action, programme partners, publications, research, events, social mobilization and participation on the issue of child friendly cities.

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Child Trafficking database

The website was developed in connection with research carried out by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre on Child Trafficking during the programme cycle 2003-2005. This material is now being maintained as part of the historical background of IRC research activities within our main site.
This site looks at one of the worst violations of the rights of children in the world: child trafficking. It provides an on-line source of information on child trafficking in various countries, including the legal framework, the main policy approaches and current programming responses. It aims to be a meeting point for all actors concerned with the welfare of children and the struggle to end their exploitation.
It is also intended to enhance inter-agency collaboration and information exchange by hosting on-line publications and bibliographies from other relevant organizations.

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Children in Armed Conflict database

The website was developed in connection with research carried out by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre on the European Network for the Research Agenda on Children in Armed Conflict during the programme cycle 2003-2005. This material is now being maintained as part of the historical background of IRC research activities within our main site.
The European Network for the Research Agenda on Children in Armed Conflict is an output of the international research seminar, "Filling the Knowledge Gaps: a Research Agenda on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children", convened in Florence between 2 and 4 July 2001. The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre acts as a catalyst of this Network to which the Istituto degli Innocenti, also in Florence, is associated. The European Network facilitates, contributes to, documents and disseminates multi-disciplinary research activities on children and armed conflict under way at Europe-based research institutions. This website serves as a databse of relevant research activities and seeks to facilitate the identification of issues on which research has focused, as well as the knowledge gaps and potential areas for enhanced collaborative research.

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